Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health Systems

Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health Systems

Quick Facts

Location

Kenmore, Washington campus

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Prerequisite coursework in English, public speaking, and statistics
  • Appropriate training, with appropriate certification when available, and documentation at least two full-time years of practical experience as a midwife, doula, childbirth educator or lactation specialist. Other credentialed MCH professionals, such as perinatal nurses, public health specialists, social workers, health care financial experts, psychologists and physicians seeking leadership training consistent with humanistic, rights-based maternal-infant care are also eligible.

Length of Program

4 quarters (one year). Program runs Summer-Spring; full-time; part-time track available

Tuition and Financial Aid

Career Opportunities

  • Work as a leader in education, research, policymaking and advocacy
  • Work in program management and administration
  • Conduct research
  • Act as a consultant to maternal/infant health initiatives
  • Become an educator in maternal-child health systems
  • Serve as a local or national policy advocate

Summary

The Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health Systems is an accredited, stand-alone degree program offered primarily online, with two short residencies of 2-3 days at Bastyr's Kenmore, Washington, campus. This program takes four quarters (one year) to complete.

The program offers experienced midwives and other qualified maternal-child health professionals the opportunity to earn a graduate degree from a respected regionally accredited university. With its focus on interdisciplinary and community partnerships, deepening knowledge and developing skills to promote critical analysis, this program prepares graduates to be knowledgeable and innovative leaders in maternity care systems change. Graduates are prepared for influential positions in education, research, policymaking, program management and advocacy with the aim of creating equitable and human-centered models of care to improve the health of women and children. 

Program Strengths

  • Online course format, allowing students to continue employment and/or commute from outside of the Seattle area.
  • Four quarter curriculum with two short residency requirements on our Kenmore campus — 2-3 days at the beginning of the program and at the end.
  • Small class sizes and committed, multi-disciplinary faculty.
  • Scholarships and part-time track available.
  • Students develop knowledge and skills through a series of courses culminating in a master’s thesis, a capstone project or an internship experience. The project is designed by the student in collaboration with an advisory committee, based on the student’s interest in research, education, organizational functioning or policy development.

Prerequisites

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent number of credits (180 quarter credits) from a regionally accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptional applicants without a bachelor's degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Applicants must also have appropriate training (with appropriate certification when available) and documentation of a minimum of two (2) full-time years of practical experience as a midwife, doula, childbirth educator, or lactation specialist. Other credentialed MCH professionals such as perinatal nurses, public health specialists, social workers, health care financial experts, psychologists and physicians seeking leadership training consistent with humanistic, rights-based maternal-infant care will also be eligible.

Admitted students must have access to a laptop computer with high speed internet, a webcam, and a headset.

Specific required prerequisites (with grades of 3.0 or higher in each course) include:

  • A basic statistics or biostatistics course within the past five years
  • English composition and writing 
  • A public speaking course or equivalent academic or professional experience with public speaking, as determined by the University’s admissions process

     

Curriculum

Coursework for the MA in Maternal-Child Health Systems is offered primarily online. The program requires two on-campus residencies, taking place at the beginning and end of the program. The program prepares trained midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants and other maternal-child health care providers with the knowledge and skills to expand expertise in maternal-child health beyond personal service delivery. Students build on earlier education and practical experience, develop leadership skills and acquire a systems-based perspective to promote a more humanistic, holistic, rights-based and equitable approach to maternal and infant care.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MA in Maternal-Child Health Systems will be able to:

  • Integrate ethics, human rights and social justice principles into all aspects of maternal and child health systems.
  • Analyze and apply data to determine trends, create best practice models and implement the most effective components of holistic MCH care.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate practice models and delivery systems to improve MCH care.
  • Evaluate policy issues regarding women's health and maternal-child health within a variety of jurisdictions and organizations.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and leadership skills to enhance multidisciplinary team function and promote positive change in health care systems.
  • Evaluate and use informatics systems and other technology to improve the quality and safety of health care for women and infants.
The attached PDF is the proposed curriculum for students starting in Summer 2018. Please note that changes to the curriculum may still occur before the start of the Summer 201 academic year.
 
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